Etihad Airways launches mobile app

​Abu Dhabi, April 24 (IANS/WAM) The United Arab Emirates national flag carrier, Etihad Airways has launched a mobile app for the iPhone that enables guests to organise and manage their journey with ease. Guests will enjoy 10 percent off on flights, and members of the airline’s loyalty programme, Etihad Guest, will receive 250 bonus miles for...

TripAdvisor names Bali 'world's best destination'

Jakarta, April 21 (IANS) US-based travel reviewer website TripAdvisor presented its 2017 "World's Best Destination" Award to Indonesia's resort island of Bali. The award handover was conducted on Thursday night by TripAdvisor Asia Pacific Head of Destination Marketing Sarah Mathews to Bali Deputy Governor Dewa Putu Sunar...

Sri Lanka to upgrade Adventure Tourism standards

Colombo, April 20 (IANS) Sri Lanka will upgrade the standards of its Adventure Tourism in accordance with international levels, a statement issued by the Prime Minister's Office said here on Thursday. "Adventure Tourism and Adventure Training is fast becoming a popular industry," the statement said. "There are in...

China effects changes in 'green cards' for foreigners

Beijing, April 18 (IANS) China has begun a series of changes to the rules regarding permanent residence for foreigners, according to a plan issued by the Ministry of Public Security (MPS). The existing permanent resident's permit, known as the Chinese green card, will be replaced by the "Foreign Permanent Residence Ident...

Coral bleaching may cause Australia $750 million loss

Canberra, April 12 (IANS) Severe coral bleaching on Australia's Great Barrier Reef may result in a loss of some $750 million for the economy and tourism industry in the state of Queensland, a media report said on Wednesday. A report released by Australian Climate Council, 'Climate Change: A Deadly Threat to Coral Reefs',...

London 'cheaper' after pound's Brexit plunge

​London, March 21 (IANS) London has become the cheapest of the worlds major global centres, with the cost of living falling behind that of New York, Paris and Tokyo to its lowest level for two decades, figures revealed on Tuesday. According to the Economist Intelligence Unit (EIU) world rankings, the fall is almost ent...

Sri Lanka to increase international air connectivity

​Colombo, March 21 (IANS) Sri Lanka is looking to increase international air connectivity in an effort to boost tourism, a statement said here on Tuesday. With the tourism industry recording a positive growth since 2009, officials said they now hope to have more direct flights, open skies policy, competitive landing an...

Budget shopping a rewarding, memorable experience in HK

​Hong Kong, March 15 (IANS) It is easy to remember Hong Kong for its enormous variety of food and leisure, and the way these can be relished in quick time. But for me, Hong Kong is also about neatness, planning, seamless transport and the no-fuss attitude of its street vendors who make budget shopping a memorable experience....

Shanghai restaurants install see-through kitchens

​Shanghai, March 14 (IANS) More than 2,000 restaurants in Shanghai have installed see-through kitchens in a bid to improve food safety, a media report said. In these restaurants, a piece of glass separates the kitchen from the dining area so that both diners and regulators have a clear idea of what is going on behind t...

Mount Everest base camp received 113,000 tourists in 2016

​Lhasa, March 4 (IANS) The Mount Everest base camp received more than 113,000 tourists last year, with a year-on-year increase of 91 per cent, the local tourist administration said on Saturday. Among them were more than 5,100 foreign visitors, Xinhua news agency reported. The Tingri county government has been m...

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